I am from Germany and found a knife which has on the left side of the blade some markings which point to it being manufactured in Sheffield.
The markings on the left side of this quite rusty and damaged blade are:
(cross) Joseph Rodgers & Sons
Cutlers to Their Majesties
(star) No 6 Norfolk Street
The handle is made out of horn and has a metal plate with two holes in it at the bottom. the front end of the handle is covered by some metal cap (breadth: 13 mm)
Length: 282 mm (was probably a little bit longer because the tip of the blade looks a little bit chipped.)
Length of blade: 172 mm
Breadth of blade: 22 mm
I was searching the net for some information about the company "Joseph Rodgers and Sons" and found out that it was turned into an Ltd. in 1871. Does this mean that my knif is from the time before 1871? Or could you discard the "Ltd." in the markings? I found other knives marked with "His" or "Her" majesty but none with "Their Majesties". During which time did they use this way of marking their products?
I would dearly appreciate every hint you could offer me about the knife and the time it comes from.